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train- ac/dc] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ther ♪ ♪ ♪ [still the same - bob seger] >> see the first of the presidential debates wednesday night live on c-span and cspan radio as c-span.org. next, your calls and comments "washington journal on." then "newsmakers." after that, the former u.s. ambassador to pakistan on relationships between the two countries. >> to is the first thing in our article is getting medicare costs under control. that is the number-one priority. that is the most untouchable thing. that is going to cause more trouble than any other problem you've got in the united states. getting medicare costs under control is the number one thing. >> you say we should surcharge smokers and the obese for their medicare coverage. where did that idea come from? >> i am the person who put it in the memo but i did not have to fight for it. this is something i ran in "the washington post." i called the rio"peacemega- fatties" and i was taken to task for being insensitive which i probably am. everybody knows this to be true and someone has to pay for it. i'm not say to bankrupt peop
what the tax code is. >> thank you. our next speaker -- speaker will be bob greenstein. >> there are two risks here. the obvious risk to the economy in the short term -- if we go over the fiscal cliff and the aggregate demand comes out of the economy that we will have a relatively mild recession in the first part of 2013 and we would be back and recovery by the second half of 2013. it would be a recession on top of where we are and that is not good. the bigger risk is the rest to the economy in the long term if we keep kicking the can down the road. how do we think about this? there's an interesting report that came out several months ago from the carlyle group. i want to briefly read what it includes. it says there will be a grand bargain that replaces the fiscal cliff with an alternative. should a negotiated settlement on long-term deficits failed to materialize during a lame-duck session, the best alternative might be a simple extension of current fiscal policy. such an extension would include the near term prospects and would relieve the pressure to agree to a credi
in the senate. [applause] >> your leader in the senate bob dole said that a better qualified person could have been chosen. other republicans have been far more critical in private. why do you think that you have not made a more substantial impression on some of these people who have been able to observe you up close? >> the question goes to whether i am qualified to be vice president, and in the case of a tragedy, whether i'm qualified to be president. qualifications for the office of vice president or president are not age alone. you must look at accomplishments, and you must look at experience. i have more experience than others that have sought the office of vice president. now let's look at qualifications, and let's look at the three biggest issues that are going to be confronting america in the next presidency. those three issues are national security and arms control; jobs and education; and the federal budget deficit. on each one of those issues i have more experience than does the governor of massachusetts. in national security and arms control, you have to understand the difference b
, there were perennial discussions about campaign finance. bob dole was the republican leader. he was interested in making sure the republicans got a good deal or at least they did not get a bad deal. he was not opposed to campaign finance reform or legislation. in today's world where mitch mcconnell is the senate leader, he has spent years opposing legislation in this area, and trying to shut down regulation we have. that is largely because of senator mcconnell that we have an sec that is deadlocked to this degree and unable to take any action because it takes four votes. there's a two-thirds requirement for the sec to do anything, so we should not be surprised that they don't. having said that, and i think it really is a change, i still hold out hope that after the election and the new congress that they will at least take a look at the disclosure side. the report was crystal clear in citizens united. eight-one, saying disclosure of all of this spending, issue ads as well as election ads, wereaign ads, candidate adds unconstitutional. it is a necessary thing. citizen should know
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